Banyan Restaurant, Corn Exchange

Banyan, Corn Exchange, Mcr

Me and the Bloke decided to take Banyan up on their offer of an amazing 50% off for black Friday. We booked for mid-week as that was part of the offer and because we like to avoid the weekend crowds for quicker service and a more chilled atmosphere.

 

We found the decor to be that mixture of reclaimed industrial and practical vintage that every newish bar in Manchester displays these days. The lighting and furniture was soft and lent a nice coziness to the place. The tables were a decent size and not too tightly packed – very dyspraxic friendly!

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This Revitalise was the best mocktail I’ve ever tried, with blended kiwi, blueberry, raspberry, passion fruit, apple and lime. Wow!

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Oddly enough this is the first time I’ve tried hipster-bar-staple smashed avocado on toast. The edamame beans complimented the avo perfectly, like they were born to be together. Huge plus – the bread was gluten free and really nice. The Bloke was not impressed with his olives (in a very cute kilner jar) as they were cold, straight from the fridge but how else can you store them?

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I ordered the roasted veg and halloumi skewer, with sweet potatoes and tzatziki dip (you can choose your accompaniment and sauce) which I really enjoyed. The side salad was welcome and refreshing as well. I’ve never been faced with (whisper) too much halloumi before and gave the Bloke a chunk as I thought his red thai veggie curry – although delicious – wasn’t as substantial as it could have been.

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For desert the Bloke ordered sticky toffee pudding as he always does and said it was one of the best he’d ever tried (on a par with Greens in Didsbury) and I went for the salted caramel options as I always do. Salted caramel and chocolate torte which wasn’t gluten free but I didn’t care! It was beautiful, the perfect mix of salty and sweet. If it were a person I would marry it. We weren’t that impressed with the vanilla pod ice cream as it didn’t taste like traditional vanilla but more like an average block of ‘white’ ice cream you used to get from the ice cream van for 50p.

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The service we got was friendly and our server pointed out gluten free options for me on the desert menu but I have to say the pace of the service – although not quite glacial – was rather leisurely. This was mid-week from 7.30, with only two to three other tables occupied upstairs so I can’t imagine what it would be like later, on a weekend. I got an apology for how long it took her to bring the bill but it was no slower than the speed it took to get anything else that evening so I was barley noticing by that point. Banyan is not a place you quickly pop-in for a snack but rather a place where you go to kill time, apparently.

I was quite impressed with the value for money regarding the portion sizes as I’ve payed similar prices for much smaller servings. I’ve payed less for portions that are a similar size but the food wasn’t as good a quality, nor the dishes as interesting.

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Clear indications on menu of foods which are veggie, gluten free and ones containing nuts. (V) (N) (GF)

Gluten free menu available on request

Vegan menu available on request

Banyan, Manchester
Exchange Square
Manchester
M4 3TR

0161 832 4798

Have you been to Banyan?

Chrissie

 

Christmas Gifts for Foodies

Christmas Gifts for Foodies

 

#nom

Pastel Goth Inspired – Outfit of the Week – Version 2

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The first time I tried this outfit I wore 90’s style goth tights which were pretty opaque on the bottom, then had a black band and then were less opaque with a black line going upward, creating a grungy faux suspender pattern. Due to the camera flash making them look real, they made my outfit look less ‘relaxed pastel goth’ and more ‘Rocky Horror Show’! So I’ve worn totally opaque tights this time lol

Pastel Goth Sweater – Similar here @ Bajues Best

Quilted Faux Leather Skirt – Similar here @ Miss Guided

Black Opaque Tights – Similar here @ Next

Patent Ankle Boots – Similar here @ asos

Chrissie

Pretty & Practical Christmas Gifts

Pretty Practical Christmas Gifts

 

Give them a gift that they will actually use!

This Works, Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water

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Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water £21 is basically a cleansing ritual in a bottle. It’s a wonderful makeup remover, cleanser, toner and is one of the most refreshing and moisturising cleansers I’ve used.

This is a result of rosewater, olive and almond oils and wild mint. Afterward I apply a vitamin C serum for day or retinol moisturiser for night and my combination skin stays balanced for around twelve hours.

It might seem expensive but 200ml is going to last ages as the spray novel easily lets you control how much you use. It’s also narrowed my skincare routine down to only two products so it’s now cheaper and quicker!

This Works uses 100% natural fragrances and 100% pure essential oils.

Free from

  • phthalates
  • sulphates
  • synthetic colour and fragrance
  • parabens
  • GMOs
  • mineral oils
  • petrolatum and propylene glycol.

Rating❤❤❤❤❤

Chrissie

Glam Christmas Gifts

Glam Christmas Gifts

 

Sparkle in Style!

Beautiful Me Lip Gloss in ‘Indian Summer’

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My lips are almost as pale as my wrists due to cold weather and bad circulation, so this really is the true colour when applied, I promise.

This lip gloss in ‘Indian Summer’ from Beautiful Me is basically my perfect lip gloss! Somewhere between sheer and opaque the gloss is build-able so that the rose-brown colour with a subtle gold shimmer can be worn subtly for day or really make an impact at night. It stays put for hours, with the golden shimmer still visible even after eating and it’s the least sticky lip gloss I’ve ever used.

I picked this up at Holland & Barrett for £12 along with my food shop and I’m so glad I took a chance bought two!

Beautiful Me makeup has been approved by PETA and Cruelty Free International who have teamed up with BUAV so it has the (leaping bunny) logo as you can see in the piccy above.

Rating <3<3<3<3<3

Chrissie

 

20 Reasons To Love Winter!

  1. Extra large Mochas with hazelnut, ginger bread, pumpkin spice, fudge, salted caramel, basically anything that makes it taste like desert.
  2. An excuse to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes – well, half at least.
  3. Easy-to-wear long cardigans with sleeves that your hands disappear into. Being able to wear your adorkable jumper/beanie/mittens with pride.
  4. Cozy pubs who are finnally bothering to light their traditional wood or log fires.
  5. A full Sunday roast (nut roast, please!)  is even more welcoming after coming in from the cold.
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  7.  New Years Eve parties!
  8. Snow! Hopefully.
  9. No longer having to refrigerate left overs with military timing.
  10. Catching up with all of your favourite shows you’ve recorded over the last few months.
  11. Snuggling up to your man or your pet cat or rat.
  12. Long, hot bubble baths with candles and a good book.
  13. Hair looking relaxed because it’s not being tormented by humidity.
  14. The sky is beautifully dramatic and now your Insta feed is to.
  15. Being able to get all of your friends together at last because most of you aren’t on holiday or off getting married.
  16. If you’ve run out of milk in the morning you can sneak to the local shops in your PJ’s because your duvet-like coat is so long that no one will notice.
  17. New hearty seasonal menus at your favourite restaurant.
  18. Snowball fights. It’s amazing how quickly you warm up after a few minutes of dodging snowballs to the face!
  19. Ice skating or the chance to watch others try, while you sit with a mug of hot choccy.
  20. Christmas markets, selling creative crafts and sweet foreign snacks.

Let me know what you like about winter, have I missed anything?

Chrissie

Outfit Of The Day Challenge

Winter has come (I’ve not seen any White Walkers in my part of Manchester yet) and I’ve decided to make some sort of effort with my seasonal style as ‘onesie’ is not in my vocabulary. So I’m going to post at least one nice outfit every week, either here or on my Instagram with a list of where I bought the items (or the brand who gifted them to me) or a similar alternative. Slow and sporadic wifi at the moment so no live links to the clothes at the moment, I do apologise.

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Beanie – Bon Prix

Vintage Tee – My blokes from his late teens

Cardigan – Bon Prix

Leggings – Primark

Ugg boots – Next

Here’s my two previous #OOTD shots.

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I seem to have progressed almost to full elf status in my latest outfit (top of this post) but it’s so comfy! Hmm, maybe I should reign (deer) it in a bit. Sorry, not sorry.

Chrissie

Alternative Advent Callenders for Treats, Beauty and Booze!

Dairy Free Chocolate Calendars

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Tesco Chocologic £2.50

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Montezuma’s Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar £9.99 from Ocado

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Moo Free dairy free from Waitrose £4.75 

Vegetarian Jelly Bean Calendar 

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Jelly Belly from Ocado £12.99

Gift Calendars

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Disney Frozen Surprise Gifts Calendar from Ocado £11.99

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Wooden Tree (for a parent to add their own treats) by John Lewis £29.95

 Cruelty Free Beauty Calendars

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Ciate Mini Mani £50

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Marks & Spencer Beauty £250 (£35 when you spend £35 on clothing)

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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties (12 boxes) £150

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LUSH Beauty (12 goodies) £49.95

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Makeup Revolution £35

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Diptyque (scent, candles and skincare) £250

Lifestyle Calendars

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Yankee Candle £29.99

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The Bomb by Bomb Cosmetics £19.99

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Drinks by the Dram – Whiskey from Masters of Malt £149.95

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Craft Beer from Ales by Mail £60

Chrissie